“We have been coming to Southdale Pediatrics since our oldest was a baby. She is now a junior in high school. I can't imagine a better doctor's office for our three children. We've always had the best care at every appointment whether it be minor or major. I'm glad my youngest is twelve so I have a few more years of the great care here at Southdale Pediatrics. It's nice to know if we need to be seen on that day, we can be. We know, whichever doctor we get, that we will get great care. Over the years my children have seen about every doctor at Southdale Pediatrics. I don't think there is a bad one in the "bunch".”
“We are very happy with the doctors at Southdale Peds. We drive from Lino Lakes to get here and think it's definitely worth the long drive!”
Southdale Pediatrics Associates Allergy Clinic has a long history of caring for and curing many allergic, asthmatic and immunologic diseases. We strive to stay current on the latest advancements and provide our patients with the best medical management available. We currently have 2 board-certified Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Specialists (shortened to “Allergists”) working with a specialized RN support staff. We see children and adults throughout their lifetime.
Asthma affects over 20 million children and adults in the United States. The burden of this disease is tremendous. Unfortunately, there is still no cure but current medical therapies can control asthma and provide a normal quality of life. Inhaled steroids and bronchodilators are the mainstay of treatment. The Allergists are trained to identify the underlying causes of asthma and can personalize the therapies for each patient. For allergic asthma, allergy shots may better control the disease.
Allergy is a term that is often used loosely to mean "an adverse reaction" to something. A true allergy can be detected by history and confirmed with a skin or blood test. The tests identify a specific IgE antibody against the allergic substance. Allergies can cause allergic rhinitis/hayfever (nose), allergic conjunctivitis (eyes), allergic asthma, allergic hives and eczema, allergic angioedema (swelling), eosinophilic esophagitis (esophagus) and allergic gastritis or colitis (stomach and bowels). The most severe allergic reaction is anaphylaxis which should be evaluated immediately by a board-certified Allergist.
Allergists are the detectives to help identify those "allergens" that may trigger symptoms such as: itchy or swollen skin, eyes or nose; multiple sneezes, wheezing, or abdominal pain. Testing is very simple with prick tests on the back or arm. Blood testing could be substituted for skin tests. The ImmunoCAP blood test previously known as RAST is the best blood test to evaluate for the specific IgE antibody .
Allergic causes can be environmental (dust, animals, pollen or mold spores), drugs, venom (stinging insects) or foods. Recurrent infections may be associated with allergy or asthma. Specialized immune tests can be performed to rule out an immunodeficiency.
Sometimes, there is an allergic-like reaction but no specific allergy is found. If it isn’t an allergy, other adverse reactions such as nonallergic rhinitis, nonallergic asthma, nonallergic hives (urticaria) and swelling (angioedema) can often be treated by an Allergist.
The Allergist you see will work hard to find the cause and treatment. A unique specialized treatment plan will be offered to ensure the best quality of life for each patient. This could mean that the patient may need regular dosing of shots for allergic sensitivities.
Immunotherapy (allergy shots) has been used for over 100 years. It has made advancements with better standardization of dosing and results in better efficacy. It has shown over 95% efficacy for venom allergy, and 70-80% efficacy for hayfever symptoms for pollens, dust, and animals. Allergy induced asthma has improved with immunotherapy as well.
Immune Deficiency Foundation
Food Allerg and Anaphylaxis Network
American Lung Association of MN
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
National Eczema Association
Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of MN
YouTube Allergists Channel